Household moving can be an overwhelming and stressful process, but not if you’re prepared and organized. If you’re about to undergo a move and are wondering how you’re going to possibly get all your stuff packed up and transported efficiently, we’re here to help.

Here are some steps you can take to make moving easier on yourself:

Get Organized: The very first thing you’ll want to do before moving is to get organized. Don’t leave planning certain details of your move until the last minute. If you know you have a month before your move, try itemizing tasks to accomplish on a week-to-week basis and stay on schedule so you don’t have to do too much at once.

Form a Strategy: How’s you’re moving day going to go? It could depend on the strategy you form prior to that day. How many friends or family will you need? How many cars or trucks do you need? Who’s driving? What route are you taking to get from point A to point B? These are all questions you’ll want to ask yourself to help you make your plan.

Communicate with Movers: Keep the residential movers you hire in the loop. Make sure your movers know what you want and what to expect. If your moving day plans suddenly change, make sure your movers are some of the first people to know.

Take Inventory: This is particularly important if you hire a moving company and won’t be handling all of your own items yourself. Make a record of all your household items, which will help you during the unpacking process and alert you if something were to go missing. A spreadsheet with the contents of each box on it is one way to go.

Label Everything: Make sure you’re labeling every box you pack up. Include the contents of the box and what room in your new house it should go in. This will make your unpacking process so much easier and also help the organization of your inventory spreadsheet.